Barlow Palooza, a festival of student learning, showcases senior Passages projects and Advanced Placement science research, along with many other demonstrations of student achievement. It brings together students and community members for a daylong celebration, including art shows, music and theater presentations, robotics and a mock emergency medical crisis.

Passages provides seniors an opportunity to explore a Capstone project in an area of interest outside the traditional classroom. Science students conduct research and present it at state science fairs in addition to at Palooza.

Each May, Joel Barlow High School invites the Easton and Redding communities to the school campus for Palooza. The 2020 Palooza will take place on Thursday, May 21 at Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT. More details will follow, closer to the date.

“Whether you’re a parent or a non-parent resident of Easton or Redding, chances are your particular skill set is of value to one or more like-minded students,” Dr.Thomas McMorran, Easton, Redding and Region 9 Schools superintendent, said. “Every time we set up a career fair or program, volunteers tell us the satisfaction they feel is a reward even greater than the benefit to the child.”

Adults in the community who would like to get more involved and serve as mentors and speakers can get involved by joining the Community Assets Network (CAN).

Community assets will be invited to a pre-event reception, and will serve as outside assessors for the Passages presentations. The goal is for future Passages students to connect with CAN professionals who can serve as mentors for their projects.

Find out more at Click on the Community link.

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